Halloween and Bonfire Night safety action day in Daventry

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Halloween and Bonfire Night safety will be the focus of a Day of Action in Daventry town centre this Friday (October 30).

The event, run by the Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership, will be based outside Daventry Area Community Transport’s Mobility Shop and Pitstop from 10am to 1pm.

Police officers will man the mobile police station to offer safety advice to trick or treaters as well as residents with concerns about strangers calling at their door after dark, while fire officers will offer tips on the safe use of fireworks and sparklers.

There will also be a visit by the Rural Intervention Vehicle, which is staffed by both a police officer and a fire officer as part of a collaboration between Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue.

Officers from Daventry District Council will be providing advice and information about new dog fouling enforcement powers coming into force across the district on December 1.

The new rules will make it an offence not to carry a poo bag or other means for picking up after your dog and require dogs to be on leads around the visitor centre at Daventry Country Park.

The event will also see the launch in Daventry of the Dog Watch Scheme, which aims to encourage dog walkers, cyclists, runners and anyone else who likes to get out and about to take an active role in monitoring their neighbourhood for any suspicious activity.

Dog Watch representatives will be on hand to provide further information about the scheme and to encourage people to register.

Fire Service manager Warren Ellison said: “Halloween and Bonfire Night are great opportunities to have fun with friends and family, but it is important that the public know how to keep safe at this time of year.

“For example, people should always make sure that Halloween costumes are marked as flame resistant, they should keep children away from candles or other fires and they should follow stringent safety procedures when dealing with fireworks.”

The Community Safety Partnership brings together partners including Daventry District Council, South Northamptonshire Council, Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service, Northamptonshire County Council and Nene Clinical Commissioning Group to reduce crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour within the community.

Chairman of the Partnership Ian Vincent said: “The event will be an opportunity for residents to pick up safety advice and information ahead of the Halloween and Bonfire Night festivities. But it also offers a chance for people to meet and chat to representatives of the Partnership as well as police and fire officers about any other issues.”

To download Halloween and Bonfire Night safety advice, visit www.northants.police.uk and click on the Halloween and Bonfire Night link on the homepage